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A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘Plan to Convert Roads to Gravel Begins Despite Pushback’

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Think about this from the Republican dominated State of Texas…..

Yep. Can’t tax them ‘job creators’.

‘Last month, the Texas Department of Transportation announced plans to convert more than 80 miles of paved roads to gravel’.

‘The sharp increase in heavy traffic from a historic oil boom has damaged many farm-to-market roads in South and East Texas. The damage related to energy development has become so extensive that state and local authorities lack the funding to make all the repairs’.

‘Efforts to increase taxes on the companies that are profiting from the energy boom to cover the road repair costs failed to gain traction’.

And who do Texans blame?

‘Darlene Meyer is a 77-year-old rancher whose property sits along a portion of FM 469 in LaSalle County that is marked for conversion to gravel. She has lived in the county since 1960 and said the current road conditions are the worst she has seen’.

“I just can’t believe the Department of Transportation is going back to the dark ages,” she said’.

Well Darlene….the Republican Party in not taxing the oil companies is leading the way to the ‘dark ages’.

You vote Republican don’t you Darlene?

Keep it now ya’ hear cause your clean drinking water is next up.
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Coffee With Cathy – Washington State’s 5th District US Representative Republican cathy McMorris Rodgers

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Speaking of sequester cuts to the budget and the cutting of jobs, research, health care, head start, meal on wheels, defense….just a reminder of how much Cathy loved the sequester cuts in the Budget Control Act (BCA)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers :

“At this time last year, Congress was approving historic spending increases and record deficits. Now, with today’s deal, Congress is passing historic spending cuts and record cuts to the national debt. Is this a ‘perfect deal?’ – ‘no.

“But it’s another big step forward in our efforts to bring fiscal sanity to our nation and to preserve the American Dream for our children and grandchildren.”
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So when are we going to get to ask Cathy about why she loves these sequester budget cuts?

Or maybe what voting 40 times to repeal or defund parts of Obamacare has accomplished?

Or maybe why, since she is part of the Republican leadership, Congress has the lowest approval rating ever.

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2 and a half weeks into her 5 week recess – Cathy still won’t meet with voters in a town hall….



teabagger Alert!! – ‘WATCH: Tea Party Challenges ‘Chicken’ Senators To Shut Down Government’

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This is what teabaggers and Republicans think of Governing.

Don’t do any thing.

‘In an effort to build support for Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) Hail Mary effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, two Tea Party groups are launching a new ad campaign accusing Republican senators of being too chicken to shut down the government’.

‘Tea Party Patriots and For America are releasing a series of online ads targeting six Republicans who have publicly doubted the plan to shut down the government unless Democrats agree to gut Obamacare’:

‘Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH),
‘Richard Burr (R-NC),
‘Tom Coburn (R-OK),
‘John Cornyn (R-TX),
‘Lindsey Graham (R-SC),
‘And Mark Kirk (R-IL)’.

‘The ads will follow the basic structure of For America’s recent “Chicken” ad, which slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) insufficiently zealous opposition to Obamacare, and warned “You fund it, you own it!”

‘During a Sunday morning appearance on Fox News, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) — who is both a signatory to Lee’s letter, and one of McConnell’s key allies on the right — hedged on his support for a government shutdown’.

“We don’t control all of the government, but Republicans control the House of Representatives, they should stand up, use that power to at the very least make that law less bad, delay it, do something we can to protect the American public from the law,” Paul said’.

‘He did not elaborate on how the House — which has already voted to repeal or defund the law 40 times — could effectively destroy Obamacare with its 41st effort’.
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Why it’s called the ‘Stupid Party’ – ‘GOP Congressman: Obama Subverting The Will Of The People By Supporting High Speed Internet’

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‘A Republican congressman from New York told Fox News over the weekend that President Obama’s proposal to fund the introduction of high-speed internet into every classroom is an affront to Congress and, by extension, the American people’.

‘Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY’) :

“He has an agenda and he’s going to do whatever he has to do to pass that agenda, regardless of the Constitution,” Grimm said. “I mean, I think our founding fathers are turning over in the graves right now because he’s just so blatant in his— the administrators, the people he puts in charge of these agencies are bold and brazen about saying, ‘yes, we’re going to make an end run around Congress.’”

‘The constitution does in fact grant the president the power to issue executive orders, though technically speaking, this doesn’t even qualify as an executive order, as the decision rests with the FCC itself and not the White House’.

‘If implemented, the fee will go towards sorely needed infrastructure improvements in thousands of classrooms across the country that currently don’t have access to high-speed internet’.

“You would think that connecting schools to the information superhighway would be a pretty noncontroversial topic,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told The Hill, “particularly when it’s something that could be accomplished through a relatively modest investment.”

‘Through his first term, Obama had signed just 147 Executive Orders, the fewest by a president in more than 100 years’.
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‘Fox News Exaggerates Report On Food Stamp Fraud’



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‘On Tuesday’s edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade exaggerated the slight rise in food stamp fraud, in yet another attempt to attack the program that provides food aid for millions of low-income individuals, the majority of whom are children’.

“Thirty percent: That’s how many more Americans, according to a new study, are selling food stamps for cash illegally. No…that’s not legal. Nearly 48 million people receive food stamps. The program costs $80 billion a year,” Kilmeade ranted’.

‘The new report on the food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, found that benefit tracking, which occurs “when SNAP recipients sell their benefits for cash to food retailers, often at a discount,” had risen from 1.0 percent in 2006-2008 to only 1.3 percent in 2009-2011’.

‘However, when referring to the study, Kilmeade – who is not first Fox News representative to misrepresent social welfare programs — only referenced the general change in fraud levels, and neglected to mention how little fraud was actually found in the program and how great the “growth in the program” has been in recent years’.
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‘MSNBC’s Ed Schultz returns to weekdays, Chris Matthews’s ‘Hardball’ to 7 p.m.’

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I’m a huge Ed Schultz fan. Don’t get me wrong. I like Matthews, Maddow and Hayes but Ed has the ‘voice’ to match the angry screaming coming from the far right.

‘MSNBC’s Ed Schultz will return to weekdays later this month after a brief hiatus as weekend host, signalling a reversal of fortunes for the bombastic television personality who has become a champion to union workers and blue-collar liberals’.

‘Starting Aug. 26, “The Ed Show” will air weeknights in the 5 p.m. slot currently held by “Hardball” with Chris Matthews. “Hardball,” which airs live at 5 p.m. and runs again at 7 p.m., will now air exclusively in the latter time slot’.

‘MSNBC’s evening lineup will now return to a mishmash of two different kinds of liberals who, though united behind a progressive agenda, do not always see eye to eye on aesthetics’.

‘Schultz’s base sees the Maddow-Hayes set as elitist, obsessed with data and detached from the concerns of the common man. To the Maddow-Hayes set, Schultz can come off as crude and aggressive, a sort of Limbaugh of the left’.
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One Man’s Trash…… – ‘Lawmakers: Governor LePage said Obama ‘hates white people’

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‘Two Republicans say the governor made the remark during a fundraiser in Belgrade last week’.

‘Gov. Paul LePage told a group of Republicans last week that President Obama “hates white people,” according to two state lawmakers who say they heard the remark directly’.

‘The governor made the comment during a Maine Republican Party fundraiser on Aug. 12 at the home of John and Linda Fortier in Belgrade. According to the invitation, the fundraiser was a “meet and greet” for LePage and first lady Ann LePage, and an opportunity to meet Rick Bennett, the new party chairman’.

‘The lawmakers, both Republicans, confirmed the comment when asked by a Portland Press Herald reporter but asked that their names be withheld for fear of political retribution’.

‘After the governor’s remark was reported in the media, Littlefield issued a statement that said, in part, “It seems farfetched for anyone, even a newspaper, to make an insinuation the governor is racist given his life history.”

• In September 2010, before he was elected, he told a group of fishermen at a forum: “As your governor, you’re going to be seeing a lot of me on the front page, saying ‘Governor LePage tells Obama to go to hell.'”

• In January 2011, shortly after he was sworn in, he declined an invitation to an event hosted by the NAACP in Portland. When asked what he would tell the group if it questioned his decision, LePage replied, “Tell them to kiss my butt.”

• In July last year, he compared the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo, the Nazi police.

• In June of this year, he said Maine Assistant Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson would be “the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”
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A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘U.S. Workers Are Grounded by Deep Cuts’





That ‘smaller’ Government Republicans are demanding.

Republicans  idea of American Exceptionalism – ‘Building’ America into a Third World Country.

See also : ‘Maybe the Sequester Wasn’t So Overstated After All’

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And ‘Here’s Why the Pentagon Is Facing $20 Billion in Extra Cuts Next Year’
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WASHINGTON — ‘Geological visits to monitor volcanoes in Alaska have been scaled back’.

‘The defense secretary is traveling to Afghanistan two times a year instead of the usual four’.

‘For the first time in nearly three decades, NASA pulled out of the National Space Symposium, in Colorado Springs, even though representatives from France, Germany and China all made the trip’.

‘Most government travel budgets have been cut this year by 30 percent, the result of an administration directive forcing managers to make difficult policy decisions about whom to send, where to send them and for how long’.

‘The result, agency officials say, is a government that cannot conduct essential business and is embarrassing itself abroad’.

“We talk about being a leader in space exploration,” said Elliot H. Pulham, the chief executive of the Space Foundation, which sponsored the NASA-free symposium in Colorado. “But it’s hard to be a leader if you don’t show up.”

‘Not necessarily, say budget hawks like Senator Tom Coburn, Republican from Oklahoma. “Hopefully what you will have is more sound judgment at these agencies about what is critical travel and what isn’t,” Mr. Coburn said’.

Oh well…..the travel is just ‘perks’.

‘Among those hit hardest by the cuts to travel budgets are scientists, who often travel to academic conferences as part of their jobs’.

‘In February, the Defense Department canceled a health systems conference where thousands of military medical professionals would gather to share research and learn the latest treatment techniques’.

‘In March, the National Space Symposium went on as scheduled — just without NASA’.

‘Last year, the United States Geological Survey sent 75 scientists to the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America to give lectures and trade information. This year, the survey withdrew all but 14, nearly shutting down the Salt Lake City conference in the process’.

‘Seventeen research papers were withdrawn because their authors could not be there to present them’.

‘The scientists at the survey have also stopped maintenance of their equipment at several active Alaskan volcanoes, in part because of the cost of traveling there. For the same reason, the agency is no longer trying to obtain permits to install monitoring equipment on volcanoes at Mount Hood in Oregon and Glacier Peak in Washington State’.

‘At the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Barbara Reynolds, a spokeswoman for the agency and a psychologist, said the agency has significantly reduced the travel of its 15,000 employees’.

‘Ms. Reynolds said she once traveled around the country training local and state officials in crisis and emergency communications’.

“But I’m not doing any of that anymore,” she said. Instead, Ms. Reynolds said she conducts the training online. “There is some level of concern about doing it that way,” she said. “But we are trying to be frugal.”

‘Managers at the Food and Drug Administration have made it all but impossible for employees to receive approval for travel to conferences’.

‘The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in an effort to help supplement reduced travel budgets for field inspectors, cut back on a program aimed at drowning prevention’.

‘At the Pentagon, defense officials skipped meetings with the international Afghanistan coalition in London and Rome this year, and without secure conference equipment, they could not participate virtually, officials said’.
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